Micah Richards reveals he chose to become pro footballer ahead of shock other sport as Gary Lineker jokes ‘bad decision’

MICAH RICHARDS chose to become a professional footballer ahead of a shock other sport.

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The former England defender made the revelation on the latest episode of The Rest Is Football podcast.

GettyMicah Richards chose football over rugby league as a youngster[/caption]

He and Alan Shearer were both asked if they were good at any other sports growing up.

This prompted Richards to explain his love of rugby league as a youngster in Leeds.

“Rugby,” answered the ex-Manchester City star. “I was good at rugby.

“Yorkshire lad, Leeds Leeds Leeds, Leeds Rhinos, of course I was. I was quick.”

Clarifying which code he played, Richards added: “Rugby league, yeah. I used to love it.

“I had to pick out of going to rugby and going to football but I picked football and…”

However, before he could continue, host Gary Lineker quipped: “Bad decision,” prompting all three to burst out laughing.

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After moving from Birmingham, Richards grew up in Leeds, the home of 11-time Super League champions Leeds Rhinos.


The Rest Is FootballGary Lineker joked that Richards made a ‘bad decision’[/caption]

He also spent time in Leeds’ academy as a striker before he was released.

Richards later switched to defence and played for Oldham ahead of joining City’s youth system aged 14.

His decision to pursue a career in football appears to have paid off, with the 35-year-old going on to win two Premier League titles with City.

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He also lifted both the FA Cup and League Cup during his playing days, alongside winning 13 caps for England.

Since retiring, Richards has become a fan-favourite pundit on the BBC, Sky Sports and CBS.

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